Happy Valentines/President’s Day Weekend everyone! There are two worthy date night movies hitting the cineplexes this weekend. One features a cybernetic heroine and the other one features a heroine who keeps dying!
Happy Death Day 2U
Director Christopher Landon and star Jessica Rothe return for the Groundhog Day/slasher comedy, Happy Death Day 2U. Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine, and again follows Tree Gelbman (Rothe) finding herself reliving the same day repeatedly after being hunted and killed by a masked assailant, only now her friends are also targets. After the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out Carter and her friends are now involved. When she discovers that Lori Spengler, the original killer, has been murdered, Tree must face the new killer in order to uncover their identity and break free of the time loop.
Alita: Battle Angel
Based on the very popular Japanese manga, Alita has been a project long in the making. Directors James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have teamed up to give what is described as one of the most visually stunning movies of the year. Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, a cyborg, with supporting roles portrayed by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
Both films are now playing at a theater near you.